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Famous People From Vietnam

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List of famous people from Vietnam, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Vietnam, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Vietnam you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Vietnam, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

Hoang Dinh Tung and Tran Trong Kim are included on this list.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Vietnam?" or "Which celebrities were born in Vietnam?" then this list is a great resource for you.
  • Ho Chi Minh

    Ho Chi Minh

    Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)

    BirthplaceKim Lien, Vietnam

    Hồ Chí Minh (; Vietnamese: [hò cǐ mīŋ̟] (listen), Saigon: [hò cǐ mɨ̄n] (listen); Chữ nôm: 胡志明;... more on Wikipedia

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  • Marguerite Duras

    Marguerite Duras

    Dec. at 82 (1914-1996)

    BirthplaceHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Marguerite Donnadieu, known as Marguerite Duras (French: [maʁ.ɡə.ʁit dy.ʁas]; 4 April 1914 – 3... more on Wikipedia
  • Jonathan Ke Quan

    BirthplaceHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Jonathan Luke Ke Huy Quan (Chinese: 關繼威; pinyin: Guān Jìwēi; Vietnamese: Quan Kế Huy;... more on Wikipedia
  • Mai Phương Thúy

    BirthplaceHanoi, Vietnam

    Mai Phương Thúy (August 6, 1988) is a Vietnamese actress, model and beauty pageant titleholder... more on Wikipedia
  • Linh Dan Pham

    BirthplaceHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Linh Dan Pham (born Phạm Linh Đan 1974) is a Vietnamese-born French actress.
  • Angela Melini

    BirthplaceHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • Navia Nguyen

    BirthplaceHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Navia Nguyen (born 1973) is a Vietnamese American model and actress.
  • Thich Quang Duc

    Thich Quang Duc

    Dec. at 66 (1897-1963)

    BirthplaceHội Khánh, Vietnam

    Thích Quảng Đức (Vietnamese: [tʰǐk̟ kʷâːŋ ɗɨ̌k] (listen); 1897 – 11 June 1963; born Lâm Văn... more on Wikipedia
  • Tsui Hark

    Tsui Hark

    Age: 70

    BirthplaceHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Tsui Hark (Chinese: 徐克, Vietnamese: Từ Khắc, born 15 February 1950), born Tsui Man-kong, is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Eugene H. Trinh

    BirthplaceHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Eugene Huu-Chau "Gene" Trinh (Vietnamese: Trịnh Hữu Châu, born September 14, 1950) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Kym Purling

    BirthplaceHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Kym Purling is an Australian pianist, composer, and conductor from Vietnam.
  • Nguyễn Chí Thiện

    Nguyễn Chí Thiện

    Dec. at 73 (1939-2012)

    BirthplaceHanoi, Vietnam

    Nguyễn Chí Thiện (27 February 1939 – 2 October 2012) was a Vietnamese-born American dissident,... more on Wikipedia
  • Pham Tuan

    Pham Tuan

    Age: 73

    BirthplaceThái Bình, Vietnam

    Phạm Tuân ([faːm˧ˀ˨ʔ twɜn˨˩] born 14 February 1947) is a retired Vietnam Air Force aviator. He... more on Wikipedia
  • Hong Tran

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Hong Thi Tran (born May 5, 1966) was a candidate in the Washington Democratic Party primary... more on Wikipedia
  • Nick Ut

    Nick Ut

    Age: 69

    BirthplaceLong An Province, Vietnam

    Huỳnh Công Út, known professionally as Nick Ut (born March 29, 1951) is a Vietnamese American... more on Wikipedia
  • BirthplaceHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Bich Minh "Beth" Nguyen (born 1974 Saigon) is an American novelist and nonfiction writer. She... more on Wikipedia
  • BirthplaceNha Trang, Vietnam

    Duy-Loan T. Le (born 1962, Vietnam) is an engineer and the first woman and Asian elected as a... more on Wikipedia
  • Dustin Nguyen

    BirthplaceHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Dustin Nguyen (born September 17, 1962) is an Vietnamese-American actor, director, writer, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Bảo Đại

    Bảo Đại

    Dec. at 84 (1913-1997)

    BirthplaceHue, Vietnam

    In the Vietnamese name below, Nguyễn is the surname.Bảo Đại (Vietnamese: [ɓa᷉ːw ɗâːjˀ], Hán... more on Wikipedia
  • Le Duc Tho

    Le Duc Tho

    Dec. at 79 (1911-1990)

    BirthplaceHà Nam Province, Vietnam

    Lê Đức Thọ (Vietnamese: [lē ɗɨ̌k tʰɔ̂ˀ] (listen); 10 October 1911 – 13 October 1990), born... more on Wikipedia
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  • Thi Thuy Nguyen

    Age: 30

    BirthplaceHanoi, Vietnam

    Nguyễn Thị Thúy is a Vietnamese weightlifter. She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the... more on Wikipedia
  • Dat Phan

    Dat Phan

    Age: 45

    BirthplaceHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Dat Phan (born January 25, 1975) is a Vietnamese American stand-up comedian. He first rose to... more on Wikipedia

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  • BirthplaceHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Nguyễn Cao Kỳ Duyên (listen; born June 30, 1965) is a Vietnamese singer, songwriter, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Jacqueline Nguyen

    BirthplaceDa Lat, Vietnam

    Jacqueline Hong-Ngoc Nguyen (Vietnamese: Nguyễn Hồng Ngọc; born May 25, 1965) is a United... more on Wikipedia